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A Christmas Sermon

A Christmas Sermon

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Rev. ALEXANDER NICOLL, D.C.L. F.R.S

Isaiah ix. 6.

For unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is given
and the government shall be upon his shoulder;
and his name shall be called Wonderful^ Coun-
seUor^ the mighty God, the everlasting Father^ the
Prince of Peace.
Rev. ALEXANDER NICOLL, D.C.L. F.R.S

Isaiah ix. 6.

For unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is given
and the government shall be upon his shoulder;
and his name shall be called Wonderful^ Coun-
seUor^ the mighty God, the everlasting Father^ the
Prince of Peace.

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CHRISTMAS SERMONRev. ALEXANDER NICOLL, D.C.L. F.R.S Isaiah ix. 6. For unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is givenand the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful^ Coun-seUor^ the mighty God, the everlasting Father^ the Prince of Peace. In a preceding passage the prophet had been alluding to the several temporal afflictions which his people had suffered on account of their transgression of the Law, and represent-ing the still more dreadful miseries they were afterwards to suffer on account of their rejec-tion of the Messiah. Then, by one of those sudden transitions so frequent in the pro-phetical writings from the denunciation of sorrow to the promise of subsequent joy,
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40 SERMON II. seized, as it were, by a new and irresistible inspiration, he at once exclaims, as if what he describes were actually present to his eyes, ' ' The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the 'land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." In which words we have a clear and beautiful indication of the glorious efiect of the Gospel, which was designed in due time to enlighten those who had before walked in moral darkness with the knowledge of truth, and to rescue mankind from that spiritual death, from which their degenerate nature gave them neither the will nor the power to escape. He afterwards discloses the manner in which so happy a change in the condition of mankind was to be introduced into the land of Galilee, as a blessed presage of its extension through the whole earth, expressing himself in those remarkable and emphatic words : ' * For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the govern-
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meioit shall be upon his shoulder ; and his; SERMON II. 41 name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." These words contain a most remarkable prophecy relating to the nativity, divine na-ture, and general description of Christ, as must appear incontrovertibly certain to every unprejudiced mind. But there are few pas-sages of the Old Testament, which have been more, either designedly or otherwise, per-verted, and more differently "interpreted in ancient and modem times. Indeed, the man-ner in which we find it explained may in-variably be regarded as a criterion, by which we may know whether the expositor was, or was not, a Christian, or at least what senti-ments he entertained concerning the nature of
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